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Clayton high schoolers get lessons in business

A select group of 25 students from across the region participated in this year’s Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy hosted by the Clayton State University College of Business. (Special Photo)

A select group of 25 students from across the region participated in this year’s Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy hosted by the Clayton State University College of Business. (Special Photo)

MORROW — Several Clayton County students are participating in the regional Summer Entrepreneurship and Business Academy hosted by Clayton State University’s College of Business.

Gabriel Leach of Jonesboro, Kiara Willis of Ellenwood and Soteria Thomas of Rex joined Riverdale residents Royce Hamilton Clark and Neesha Pendergrass at the weeklong overnight academy, June 15-20.

They are among 25 select students throughout the Southern Crescent and from Charlotte, N.C., participating in the business enrichment program for high schoolers.

The PEI-sponsored program comprises business classes, team building, guest speakers, tours and team presentations among other activities aimed at preparing students for life after high school.

SEBA guests lecturers included Clayton State professors Dr. Gary May, Dr. Lou Jourdan, John Mascaritolo, SEBA Director James Smith and Larry Menter. PEI’s Alyssa Fleury and Marlon Ellis of Ellis H&A, both Clayton State alumni, also spoke to students.